Monday, August 20, 2012

How To Change What Your Pad Says About You

Whether you like it or not, you are what surrounds you. Your apartment can tell people a lot about you, and if you are planning on bringing dates or friends home, you might want to consider what image you are putting across. Here are five ways to help change your apartment and, in the long run, alter the reputation you earn through what's in your home.

5. Tidy? Untidy? Or Filthy?
Go check your bathroom right now, I'll wait. Are there any spent toilette paper rolls lying around? How about giant soap stains in the sink? Hair-clogged drains? Overflowing trash? A cluttered mess of cleaning supplies on every surface? This will tell your guests one thing: run! A little bit of a disheveled bathroom tells your guests you are human, but an insanely messy one will tell them you're unhygienic. Keep it clean.

4. Hoarder vs Purger
The only thing worse than having nothing in an apartment (no food, furniture, etc) is having too much (piles of newspapers, birthday cakes from 3 years ago, every computer you've owned since 1992...). If your guests can barely walk through your apartment due to the amount of junk you have, they will get the impression that you need psychiatric help. If there is nothing in the apartment at all, they'll think you never learned how to live on your own and are in serious need of help. This is not to say that living a minimalist lifestyle, but rather that you need to have all the things necessary to survive, not less.

3. Pictures of Family
Showcasing pictures of family and friends lets your guests know you can keep good and consistent relationships, and that you have a stable backup system. It also says that you are responsible enough to keep up with relationships, and shows your value of people in your inner-circle.

2. Books and Art
Some people find a lack of a bookcase a red flag. Others see a lack of art (paintings, decorations, statues, glassware  etc) a sign that you are uncultured. The contents of your bookcase will let your guests know what you're into, and the art style speaks to what you find interesting and beautiful. Take some time to develop both!

1. Age Appropriate Decor 
If you are 22 and have every video game system ever made in your living room, you will be a hero. If you are 45 and have the same, your guests might think you never grew up. There's nothing wrong with having a a consistent hobby, but you must also realize that people might get the impression that you have too much time on your hands. The opposite goes for a 22 year old with middle-aged apartment decor: guest might wonder if you've ever let loose enough to have fun.

No matter how you look at it, your guests will judge you based on the content of your apartment. Take some time to make your apartment yours, and know that a little effort goes a long way. The most important thing is to be true to yourself, and try to give a fair image of who you are, and what you value.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Congratulations, Jon!

Jon Pastor, humble CEO of Rent Jungle and Community Elf, recently received an award from 40 Under 40! The awards are given out annually to local business professionals who have done amazing things before the age of 40 in the city.

Selected from a nomination pool of more than 220 candidates, this year’s honorees were chosen by an independent panel of judges, comprised of former winners, business professionals and civic leaders. Winners were chosen based on their passion, commitment, visibility, diversity and overall impact on the region.

Congrats, Jon! Now stop monkeying around and get back to work!

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Scariest Apartments Ever

There's nothing like starting off the week with a little bit of apartment-horror to add some perspective to your life. Take a look at our top five scary apartments/apartment features ever!

1. Bathroom of Terror
Yikes. And yes, that is a real mine shaft extending down into the abyss.

2. Anywhere Here
Luckily this mess of apartments has been "removed," but it still haunts me. I've heard there was only one bathroom down there...

3. Every Apartment Storage Area
These plywood nightmares always give me the creeps. Who knows what they'll find among these cluttered cages of neglect. My money is they'll find at least one Blair Witch. 

4. Every Rental Home Basement
This basement comes into play in every horror movie shortly after the protagonist says "split up, we'll cover more ground!" and the teenage couple leaves to make whoopi in the backseat of a car.

5. Hoarders Delight
You've seen the TV show, now see the reality: hoarders are everywhere, and they could be in the house right now! I guess this renter is going to have one heck of a moving party...